Wanted Man Killed in Florida

By: Michael Gorsegner
By: Michael Gorsegner

October 3, 2006

Saint John's County Sheriff's Deputies shot and killed William Ashby after a high speed chase and shootout Monday night. The chase began around 7 p.m. after a Sheriff's Deputy spotted a car fitting the description of a wanted vehicle. The chase sped upwards of 125 miles per hour on Interstate 95 before exiting onto State Road 16. Ashby exited the car holding a gun. Police on the scene told him several times to drop the weapon and when he did not comply they shot and killed him. He was driving a beige colored Toyota Corolla with South Carolina plates, registered to missing Uva student Elizabeth Hafter.

Ashby, who was wanted in Georgia for robbing and shooting a store clerk, is also suspected in a homicide along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Sunday afternoon, authorities located a white Oldsmobile missing from the Blue Ridge Parkway shooting scene in Georgia. Just feet from the car, investigators found the body of a 22-year-old female. She had been shot in the head and was pronounced dead on the scene.

At that point, investigators put out a lookout for the Toyota Corolla with South Carolina plates that Hafter was driving. The FBI has confirmed the body found along the Blue Ridge Parkway is that of Elizabeth Hafter.

The Hafter family filed a missing persons report with the Charlottesville Police Department on Sunday afternoon and a posting on facebook.com from Stephanie Hafter says, "Lizzy, nobody has heard from you in 3 days, so if you see this please call me or mom or someone because we are all worried about you."

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